Word 2007 Paragraph & Arrange
This page is going to cover two sections, Word 2007 Paragraph and Arrange section of the Page Layout tab.
There are two paragraph sections in Word 2007, one in the Home tab and this one in the Page Layout tab. This Paragraph section is broken up into two parts, Indent and Spacing. Indent Left moves in the paragraph by the amount you type in the dialog box or you can change it with the up and down arrows. Right moves in the right side of the paragraph.
Spacing Before adds space adds space above the paragraph. Spacing After adds space below the paragraph. To add space type a number in the text box or use the up and down arrow buttons to increase or decrease the spacing.
The last section of Page Layout is the Arrange section. The buttons in Arrange are used mostly for arranging pictures or objects on your page. Therefore the Align button will be the only button available to you unless you have a picture or object on your Word document. The first button is Position. You will only be able to click on the drop down arrow of Position if you have a picture selected. Other wise the button will be grayed out and unavailable to use. The Position button allows you to position a graphic or object like a chart on a page with your text. The default selections will place your picture either top, center or bottom of the page both vertically and horizontally. More Layout options will give you more advanced options for laying out your picture on the page. For example, the distance for the text wrapping around the picture or what side you want the text to be on.
The next 2 buttons, Bring to Front and Send to Back are for layering objects and pictures on your page. To use the Bring to Front button you need to select the graphic you want to move and click the button. This will Bring the Picture in front of all the other pictures it is with and they will overlap.
Text wrapping is similar to Position. Position places the graphic on the page in relation to the text, Top, Bottom, or Center. Text Wrapping gives you options on how you want the text to wrap around your picture or object. In line with text places the text at the top then the next line will be at the bottom right corner of the object. Square fits the text on both sides in a square around the object no matter what the shape is. If the object is an irregular shape and you want your text place around in the shape of your picture or object select tight. Using Behind text or In Front of Text will allow you to type over or under the object. Watch your text color otherwise you will not be able to see your text. Top and Bottom will not place text next to your graphic. Through lets you see text through your object or picture. Edit Wrap Points is for irregular shaped objects. You can adjust where you want the text to wrap around. More layout Options will give you the same advanced options Position gave you.
Now moving onto Align. Click the dropdown arrow. The top 3 options Align Left, Align Center, and Align Right will align your text horizontally on the page. The next 3 will align your text vertically on the page. To use these highlight a section of text then click your selection. Distribute Horizontally and Distribute Vertically are useful when you want to fill an entire page. Highlight your whole document then click either Distribute Horizontally or Vertically. This will spread everything out on the page Align to Page will ignore margins and align your document to the full page size you have selected. Align to Margin is more commonly used for print reasons. View Gridlines will make the document appear that it is on a piece of graph paper. This can be useful if you are trying to make precise alignment for your objects and graphics. Please email me with question about Grid settings.
Group lets you select several items by clicking on them and holding the ctrl key click on another object so multiple objects are selected then click group to make them all one. This allows you to move all objects at the same time like they were one.
Rotate lets you select a picture or object and rotate it clockwise or counter clock wise, flip it vertical or horizontal or if you select More Rotation Options you can pick how many degrees you want the object rotated so you can have objects at any angle you choose.
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